If you are an adventure tourist and are researching a trip to Zion Canyon, you may have perused some of the websites for travel companies who offer tours to that national park. You may have also noticed that the majority of the companies that offer these tours do so as part of a larger package that involves several other parks as well, with at least one overnight camping stay in between stops.
You also might notice that the majority of these companies start their tours in Las Vegas. Have you considered why these choices are being made, Zion Canyon tours offered by the professional companies leaving from Las Vegas are generally within larger tours that visit several parks. This is because the amount of driving time to Zion Canyon is significantly shorter than the drive time to the Grand Canyon, yet tourists would like to visit both.
It makes sense to offer several stops and create a "tour loop" of the parks because the distance from Zion to the Grand Canyon is less than going directly from Las Vegas. This way, the tour companies can provide their customers with an enjoyable experience that provides several different parks with different features while minimizing the time that is spent getting to each park.
When traveling to a foreign country, avoid dressing in a way that marks you as a wealthy tourist. Wear normal, casual clothing and don’t wear expensive watches, jewelry, cameras, and other things that can call attention to you. Try not to bring a lot of things with you during the day, in order to avoid having your things lost or stolen. When traveling on a road trip with children, be sure to pack games for the ride.